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#159004 - 12/03/03 04:53 AM Jungle Lodges
Cooper1 Offline
Would like to get some feedback on jungle lodges in the San Ignacio area. Has anyone stayed at Maya Mountain Lodge? How about Crystal something or other? Looking for a reasonable lodge. Pink house at duPlooy's is available as well. The folks at Maya Mountain seem pretty friendly and I hear they offer good tours although we pretty much like to do things on our own. Would you advise guided tours as opposed to striking out alone? I speak Spanish altho' that is probably not too pertinent in Belize. We are a couple, 60 years old, but pretty experienced in solo travel throughout Latin America. We'll be there over Christmas break. Also going to A.C. and Placencia as well as taking my husband to Tikal. I've been. He hasn't. Any advice to two budget travelers would be appreciated!

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#159005 - 12/03/03 03:02 PM Re: Jungle Lodges
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I'd opt for the valley view rooms at Crystal paradise Resort. On the river and owned/operated by a large and delightful Belize family. Great tours, meals and a chance to get to know Belize people.
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#159006 - 12/03/03 03:38 PM Re: Jungle Lodges
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We just stayed at Crystal Paradise recently and I will be going back in December. Papa Victor is a wonderful host and the family IS delightful. Their location is outside of San Ignacio in a town called Cristo Rey. Rides to San Ignacio can be arranged and all tours leave from the property.
We went to Caracol(stops at Rio On Pools and the Rio Frio Cave)one day and the Barton Creek cave the next(with stops at the Butterly Farm, Blancaneau for lunch and a visit to Five Sisters). On our next stay we will be visiting Tikal and I am sending my younger travel companions to the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave. All the tours can be arranged the day/night before.
The only glitch would be weather conditions, the recent heavy rains making some of the caves inacessable at times. There is canoeing on the nearby river if you like, and horseback riding from the property.
I would suggest taking the tours rather than driving yourselves (I assume in that case you will have a rental car). The roads to some of the areas you may wish to visit can be rough. I would definitely take a tour if going into Guatemala.
Otherwise you can decide when you get there and find our more about the driving distance and conditions to the places you wish to visit. It takes about 1hr and 45 mins to Caracol and a little longer I think to Tikal.
Any more questions, please ask.

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#159007 - 12/03/03 08:58 PM Re: Jungle Lodges
Barbara K Offline
Tin cup - glad you liked Crystal Paradise. When are you going back in Dec?
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#159008 - 12/03/03 10:26 PM Re: Jungle Lodges
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We will be there Dec 21 to 24. Then headed back home on Christmas Eve. Will have several days on AC before that. Bringing down things for the house, meeting with the builder to see what has been done, etc. I should be back again in late January or early to mid February. By then the house will be done, just a question of outfitting it properly.
What about you? Any plans? Any new/interesting places we should be going to? We always try to save a little time on each trip for some inland adventures. It is never disappointing. By now I am on my second time around for some of the places I am visiting. Tops on my list for the future: more of the lesser known offshore cayes,
Toledo District, Corozal and the September Celebrations in Belize City.

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#159009 - 12/04/03 06:49 AM Re: Jungle Lodges
Cooper1 Offline
Thanks for the input! I will definitely check out Crystal Paradise. Anyone else out there with an opinion? Cooper

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#159010 - 12/05/03 09:46 AM Re: Jungle Lodges
Cooper1 Offline
Hey Guys,

We just booked 3 nights at Crystal Paradise from 12/26 - 12/29. Thanks for your input and advice. It was the deciding factor. This message board has been a great help.

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#159011 - 12/05/03 02:41 PM Re: Jungle Lodges
tincup Offline
We will just miss you (leaving the 24th)!
If there is anything special you want to see or do by all means ASK! The Tut family will do what they can to accomodate you. On my recent visit I had them make a stop at the Humminingbird Furniture Factory in Belmopan and we all ended up taking a tour of the facility (I am buying furniture from Hummingbird for my home on Ambergris Caye). Check your guidebooks and the web site to get an idea of what you might want to see in the area and have some things in mind ahead of time. They will pack you a lunch if you decide to go it alone. Most of all, relax and have fun!

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#159012 - 12/05/03 11:03 PM Re: Jungle Lodges
Barbara K Offline
Didn't you just love Jeronie's laugh??!! smile
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#159013 - 12/06/03 08:36 AM Re: Jungle Lodges
Marty Offline
here's their website:
http://www.crystalparadise.com

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